Event sup­ports Rotary Club work

Col­lage of art fills Mike Weir Park

The Observer (Sarnia) - - FRONT PAGE - NEIL BOWEN THE OB­SERVER

Art of all kinds filled Mike Weir Park Satur­day dur­ing the an­nual Art in the Park or­ga­nized by the Sar­nia Blue­wa­ter­land Rotary Club.

Vis­i­tors strolling through the park stopped ev­ery few me­tres to ex­am­ine an­other in­ter­est­ing art form in­clud­ing hand­painted porce­lain pot­tery, paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, clocks made from 45rpm records and a five-foot fire-breath­ing T-Rex.

“It’s qual­ity orig­i­nal ma­te­rial . . . a Sar­nia tra­di­tion,” said Henry Ku­lik, a Rotary club ex­ec­u­tive.

The event has been staged at the park for seven years but it has a 36-year-his­tory. It was pre­vi­ously held in Wild­wood Park near the Bright’s Grove Li­brary.

Vis­i­tors use the event to shop for unique Christ­mas gifts in a park where there is lots of room and free park­ing, said Ku­lik.

Park­ing had been an is­sue at the Wild­wood site.

A strong con­nec­tion to the li­brary’s Gallery in the Grove re­mains.

Rotary sup­port al­lows the gallery to con­tinue the Vis­it­ing Artists in Lambton Schools project, said Kirsty Kil­ner of the gallery.

The pro­gram brings an artist into 23 Lambton schools to work with chil­dren.

On Satur­day artist Dave Moore was meet­ing lo­cal chil­dren and invit­ing them to work on their own cre­ations.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing to have Dave Moore to vol­un­teer to drop in,” said Kil­ner.

Seven-year-old Lu­cas Brown shared the ex­cite­ment.

“He loves color­ing. He did a color­ing last year and this year he said I am com­ing here,” said his mother Dianna Brown.

As Lu­cas added color to a draw­ing of the Blue Waster Bridge his en­joy­ment was ob­vi­ous by his con­cen­tra­tion on the pa­per.

Nearby Terry Recker of Bright’s Grove was dis­play­ing her hand­painted porce­lain that she only sells at a few events sim­i­lar to Art in the Park.

“I like to do this one (event) be­cause it is so close to home,” said Recker.

Her work fea­tures for­est scenes that be­come durable, use­able items like cheese trays.

“They’re very durable. I’ve dropped mine (cheese tray) on the floor and it sur­vived,” said Recker.

Al­lan May­hew of Port Bruce was also in the park with a va­ri­ety of glass lamps and the T-Rex.

May­hew had been do­ing glass for 33 years when he de­cided to try the wooden T-Rex as some­thing new.

The ap­peal worked for young Ja­cob Pa­panay­otou who was drawn to the T-Rex.

“He loves di­nosaurs. It caught his eye,” said his mother Katie Pa­panay­otou.

And that at­trac­tion was all the bet­ter when May­hew fired up the propane-pow­ered fire breath.

Ja­cob stood back in wide-eyed won­der.

And that pleased May­hew who likes com­ing to the Sar­nia area where the peo­ple are friendly.

“It’s a des­ti­na­tion event,” said Ku­lik.

PHO­TOS BY NEIL BOWEN/SAR­NIA OB­SERVER

Lu­cas Brown, 7, works with great con­cen­tra­tion on his cre­ation at the Gallery in the Grove booth dur­ing Art in the Park.

Terry Recker dis­plays hand­painted porce­lain dur­ing Art in the Park.

Ja­cob Pa­panay­otou greets a new friend, a fire-breath­ing T-Rex, dur­ing Art in the Park.

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